David raises funds for new cycle
LIFE IS better now for David Warry, thanks to the generosity of those who helped raise the $8000 needed for his new hand cycle.
Mr Warry, 37, was born with cerebral palsy spastic diplegia, meaning he has difficulty walking because of tight muscles in his hips and legs.
From two-and-a-half years old to 16 he underwent 16 surgeries on his legs, while from five years of age he has used a wheelchair.
A keen athlete, he enjoys wheelchair basketball and coaches a junior basketball team. He also volunteers as a maths, computer and English-language tutor at TAFE and teaches juniors chess.
Mr Warry’s dream was to compete in cycling challenges but he needed a custom-made hand cycle, which would also help with transport, mobility and general fitness.
The price tag, however, was $7200 and last year with typical determination he set about raising the money.
“David was incredibly well supported by the Maryborough community, and worked really hard himself with fundraising, and was able to raise the money,” said Cerebral Palsy League social worker Karen Schwarzrock.
“He is now in possession of a bright metallic orange custom-built hand cycle.”
Mr Warry is now saying “thank you” to the community.
“I’ve had it about two months now and it’s great,” he said. “It’s a lot faster than a wheelchair and has helped enormously with my fitness.”